• We have endeavored to make our schools a safe place in which students can learn and employees can work.  Our Board of Education policy and procedures below reflect that concern.  Please let us know if we can answer any questions.

    Staff Safety:
    Please click here to view the staff safety website.

    Available Free Training:

    • Ergonomics

    • Lifting/Transferring Students

    Student Safety:
    • Bleacher inspections

    • Crisis Management Plan

    • Drills

    • Playground inspections

    • Student accident reports

    Bus Safety:

    As part of Durham’s and the District’s commitment to safety, most of our buses include seatbelts so that our kids will have the safest experience possible while riding. I encourage you to speak with your children about the benefits of these safer buses and about the expectation that they wear their seat belt whenever they ride the bus. Please take the time to review bus rider in the parent handbook . Behavior on the school bus directly affects their safety and the safety of others, the bus rider rules apply and will be enforced at all times when students are riding the school bus, including field trips.

    Environmental Safety:
    Environmental safety has the goal of providing guidance and direction of the safety program including occupational safety and health, environmental control and chemical safety. Our goal is to promote the industrial hygiene and safety standards and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

    Asbestos Management Plan

    The plan is available for review by parents and employees.

    Our school district has conducted an extensive asbestos survey of all of our buildings.  Based on the findings of these inspections, a comprehensive management plan was drafted.  This plan details the response actions that the district will be taking regarding asbestos containing materials found in our buildings.  This plan is available for inspection at our office without cost or restriction during normal business hours.  If you desire to have a personal copy, please notify the business services office at or 608-361-4015 and it will be supplied to you within ten (10) working days at a cost of 30 cents per page. Our main administrative office is located at: Kolak Education Center, 1633 Keeler Ave, Beloit, WI 53511.

    Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

    Good indoor air quality contributes to a favorable learning environment for students, protects health, and supports the productivity of school personnel. If you have questions or concerns with IAQ, please send an email to or call the Business Service Office at 608-361-4015.

    Pest Advisory
    Application of herbicide will be applied to the grounds at your child's school.  Applications will NOT be occurring every day.  You will be able to tell the application date by the lawn signs that will be posted.

    Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)-now retitled to Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

    What is an SDS?

    An SDS is a document that provides information about chemicals (e.g., common and chemical name, hazardous ingredients, physical properties, health hazards, reactivity information, control measures, special precautions, first aid information, fire fighting procedure, and other information) that may be used in the workplace.


    Why do we need an SDS?

    OSHA has a Hazard Communication Standard (1910.1200) that requires employers to secure an SDS for products their workers use.  An employer must make them readily available to employees.  Besides being required by law, an SDS provides helpful information that can help prevent workplace injuries and illnesses.  The SDS for a product should be reviewed prior to using the material.  Reviewing the SDS helps the employee become aware of hazards associated with the material, learn how to protect themselves and others, and know important first aid information.


    Where does an SDS come from?


    Manufacturers and suppliers of chemicals are required to provide a SDS when they send chemicals to the end user.  An SDS should be sent at least the first time the product is shipped to whoever purchased it.  If the SDS is updated, the supplier should send the updated SDS the next time the product is purchased.


    Where can SDS be found in your building now?


    Employers are required to make an SDS readily accessible during each work shift to employees while they are in their work area. There is a binder with paper copies of commonly used materials in each building located in the main office.  Custodians and Food Service employees usually have copies of an SDS that pertains to their job in their chemical storage closets.  Instructors or departments who use chemicals on a regular basis should have an SDS for materials that they use. The online system located at the link below will eventually eliminate the need for paper copies.  For now, please save your current paper copies.  Eventually, these paper copies will be archived.


    What are my responsibilities?


    If you are in charge of purchasing chemicals be sure to get an SDS for the materials you purchase.  Check the SDS Manager link below to determine if a SDS sheet is available for that product.  If no SDS is in the system, new SDS sheets should be scanned and sent to EMC at the following email address: .  EMC will then upload them into the system. Contracted vendors who bring products into School Buildings must supply SDS sheets. Do not bring in any chemicals from home.  Ask the custodial staff for cleaning chemicals needed for your classroom and if you need chemicals for instructional use ask your building administrator. Be sure to review the SDS for the materials that you use to help prevent injuries or illnesses to yourself and others. Contact your building administrator with any questions.


    Thank you in advance for doing your part to make your workplace safer.